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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

The men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 13–15 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 13, 2008 (heats)
August 14, 2008 (semifinals)
August 15, 2008 (final)
Competitors42 from 33 nations
Winning time1:53.94 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ryan Lochte  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Aaron Peirsol  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Arkady Vyatchanin  Russia
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Billed as the Clash of the Titans, Ryan Lochte stormed home on the final lap to defeat his teammate Aaron Peirsol and claim his first individual Olympic gold medal. He touched the wall first in 1:53.94, faster than the world record he shared with Peirsol at 1:54.32.[2][3][4]

Peirsol enjoyed a head-to-head battle against Lochte in the first 150 metres, but ended up only with a silver in 1:54.33. Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin added a second bronze to his collection, finishing in a new European record of 1:54.93 to hold off Austria's Markus Rogan (1:55.49), the silver medalist in Athens four years earlier.[3] Earlier in the semifinals, Vyatchanin edged out Germany's Helge Meeuw in a swimoff to secure a last spot for the top 8 final.[5]

Japan's Ryosuke Irie finished fifth with a time of 1:55.72, and was followed in the sixth spot by Australia's Hayden Stoeckel, who shared bronze medals with Vyatchanin in the 100 m backstroke, in an Oceanian record of 1:56.39. Romania's Răzvan Florea (1:56.52) and Great Britain's Gregor Tait (1:57.00) rounded out the finale.[3]

Contents

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Ryan Lochte (USA)
  Aaron Peirsol (USA)
1:54.32 Melbourne, Australia
Omaha, United States
30 March 2007
4 July 2008
Olympic record   Aaron Peirsol (USA) 1:54.95 Athens, Greece 19 August 2004

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Final Ryan Lochte   United States 1:53.94 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Ryan Lochte   United States 1:56.29 Q
2 5 4 Aaron Peirsol   United States 1:56.35 Q
3 4 4 Markus Rogan   Austria 1:56.64 Q
4 5 5 Arkady Vyatchanin   Russia 1:56.97 Q
5 6 5 Gregor Tait   Great Britain 1:57.03 Q
6 4 5 Hayden Stoeckel   Australia 1:57.15 Q
7 5 3 Ryosuke Irie   Japan 1:57.68 Q
8 6 7 Gordan Kožulj   Croatia 1:57.81 Q
9 6 3 Ashley Delaney   Australia 1:57.87 Q
10 4 3 Răzvan Florea   Romania 1:57.97 Q
11 5 6 Helge Meeuw   Germany 1:58.42 Q
12 4 2 Damiano Lestingi   Italy 1:58.53 Q
13 3 7 George Du Rand   South Africa 1:58.62 Q, AF
14 6 6 Stanislav Donets   Russia 1:58.68 Q
15 6 8 Keith Beavers   Canada 1:58.84 Q
16 3 4 Tobias Oriwol   Canada 1:58.94 Q
17 5 2 Pierre Roger   France 1:59.01
18 3 1 Omar Pinzón   Colombia 1:59.11
19 4 1 Sebastian Stoss   Austria 1:59.44
6 1 Roland Rudolf   Hungary
21 4 6 Takashi Nakano   Japan 1:59.59
22 3 6 Derya Büyükuncu   Turkey 1:59.86
23 5 8 Lucas Salatta   Brazil 1:59.91
24 5 1 Nick Driebergen   Netherlands 2:00.24
25 5 7 Mattia Aversa   Italy 2:00.25
26 3 8 Kim Ji-heun   South Korea 2:00.72
27 2 5 Itai Chammah   Israel 2:00.93
28 3 2 Pedro Oliveira   Portugal 2:01.08
29 1 4 Brett Fraser   Cayman Islands 2:01.17
30 2 1 Pedro Medel   Cuba 2:01.32
31 4 7 Gábor Balog   Hungary 2:01.42
32 3 3 Jonathan Massacand   Switzerland 2:01.80
33 1 5 Oleg Rabota   Kazakhstan 2:01.95
34 4 8 Simon Dufour   France 2:02.00
35 3 5 Dimitrios Chasiotis   Greece 2:02.30
36 2 2 Květoslav Svoboda   Czech Republic 2:03.12
37 2 4 Deng Jian   China 2:03.34
38 1 3 Sergey Pankov   Uzbekistan 2:03.51
39 2 6 Oleksandr Isakov   Ukraine 2:03.59
40 2 3 Andres Olvik   Estonia 2:03.66
2 7 Simon Sjödin   Sweden DNS
6 2 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber   Spain DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Aaron Peirsol   United States 1:55.26 Q
2 2 Răzvan Florea   Romania 1:56.45 Q, NR
3 3 Hayden Stoeckel   Australia 1:56.73 Q, OC
4 5 Arkady Vyatchanin   Russia 1:56.85 QSO
5 7 Damiano Lestingi   Italy 1:58.25
6 6 Gordan Kožulj   Croatia 1:59.22
7 8 Tobias Oriwol   Canada 1:59.50
8 1 Stanislav Donets   Russia 1:59.87

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ryan Lochte   United States 1:55.40 Q
2 5 Markus Rogan   Austria 1:56.34 Q
3 6 Ryosuke Irie   Japan 1:56.35 Q
4 3 Gregor Tait   Great Britain 1:56.72 Q
5 7 Helge Meeuw   Germany 1:56.85 QSO
6 2 Ashley Delaney   Australia 1:57.73
7 8 Keith Beavers   Canada 1:58.50
8 1 George Du Rand   South Africa 1:58.61 AF

SwimoffEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Arkady Vyatchanin   Russia 1:57.75 Q
2 5 Helge Meeuw   Germany 2:00.97

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Ryan Lochte   United States 1:53.94 WR
  4 Aaron Peirsol   United States 1:54.33
  8 Arkady Vyatchanin   Russia 1:54.93 EU
4 3 Markus Rogan   Austria 1:55.49 NR
5 6 Ryosuke Irie   Japan 1:55.72
6 1 Hayden Stoeckel   Australia 1:56.39 OC
7 2 Răzvan Florea   Romania 1:56.52
8 7 Gregor Tait   Great Britain 1:57.00

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Lochte, Peirsol take gold, silver in 200 back". NBC News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Ryan Lochte Claims Epic Battle Against Aaron Peirsol With 200 Back World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Lochte grabs 200m backstroke gold". BBC Sport. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Americans Go 1-2 in Men's 200 Back, Aaron Peirsol Top Seed". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  6. ^ Clarey, Christopher (31 March 2007). "American sets a record, but, no, it's not Phelps". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
  7. ^ Van Valkenburg, Kevin (5 July 2008). "Phelps in a world of his own". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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